Thailand’s Father’s day

Sawatdee ka,

December 5th of every year is Father’s day in Thailand. It is the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (พระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวภูมิพลอดุลยเดช). This year (5 December 2012) he is 85 year-old.

Last year, I wrote about what Thai people do on this important day here:

This year, I would like to share with you what the words “father/ dad/ daddy” are in Thai language:)

I am sure many of you have already known father in Thai is พ่อ [pâw], but not everyone calls their father พ่อ [pâw]. Let’s learn other words as well.

Thai – Chinese people use the word ป๊า [bpáa] or ปะป๊า [bpà- bpáa]

Thai muslim people use the word ป๊ะ [bpá]

You might see the wordบิดา[bì-daa] which is a very formal expression for father and it is only seen in written for


สุขสันต์วันพ่อค่ะ [sùk-săn wan pâw] Happy Father’s day.

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